Joanne is a voluntary sector studies researcher and executive coach in the School of Leadership and Organisational Development at Liverpool John Moores University. Currently, she is involved in two qualitative research projects with humanitarian search and rescue organisations at sea.
She was previously the Associate Director for the social enterprise sector and international lead for the Career Development Office at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US. Prior to academia, worked for the US Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean as a Small Business Development Trainer and Counsellor for a rural agricultural development NGO and was the elected Lead Volunteer for a group of 19 Peace Corps Volunteers.
She holds an MRes from The Open University, an International MBA from Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA) in Barcelona, Spain, and BSc in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed an internship with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria. She holds a Professional Coaching qualification and was the first curator of the Professional Coaching Portal for the non-profit organisation MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching).
From 2016 to 2019, she was responsible for fundraising on the Board of Trustees of Yarl's Wood Befrienders in England. Now she volunteers and researches with Channel Rescue, a grassroots voluntary group that monitors the human rights of asylum seekers crossing the English Channel.